Planning in principle pending for Torry waterfront regeneration
December 3 2019
Aberdeen City Council’s planning development committee has recommended planning permission in principle is awarded to a bid by Aberdeen Harbour to build 258 flats across eight separate blocks fronting the River Dee.
The riverfront scheme has been drawn up by Norr Architects for South Esplanade West and is aligned with the B-listed Victoria Bridge and would incorporate 618sq/m of retail space as well as a newly formed public square at the centre.
In a statement, the committee wrote: “The development would constitute the first piece in the jigsaw of redevelopment necessary to achieve the City Centre Masterplan (CCMP) vision for the Torry waterfront.
“It would potentially catalyse the longer-term transformation of the area from commercial to the residential-led mixed-use community envisaged by the CCMP – a process that has little prospect of happening comprehensively and is only likely to occur incrementally. It would support the CCMP objective of promoting city living by providing a high-density landmark waterfront residential development area on the edge of the city centre.
“Finally, it would help in the regeneration of Torry by creating an enhanced riverside parkland with café/restaurant uses for the benefit of the entire community and by providing affordable housing, new employment and resident spending in Torry town centre – in full accordance with the Scottish Planning and Development Plan policy to promote sustainable economic growth.”
Final approval for the scheme awaits sign off by the council’s planning committee on Thursday.
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